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I wrote a friend this morning to tell her what a crazy dream I had about her. I couldn’t get the dream out of my head for most the day, so I’ll share a little of the contents of that letter here:

“I think [the dream is a] combination of three things: 1. I read President Monson’s talk about gratitude right before I went to sleep. 2. I admire you because you always seem so happy about life. 3. I have a head cold.

Anyways, don’t freak out… but in the dream you started rolling down a hill. You kept falling and falling and falling and then the hill turned into a cliff! I was yelling for someone to help, but there wasn’t anyone around. Then you rolled right over the cliff and down and down into this canyon through the air (we’re talking grand canyon size here). Amazingly, you did not die at the bottom though you were a little worse for the wear. Then you cried for a second. Then you got back up and started climbing! You climbed all the way back up. When the news crews asked you about it, you were holding [your daughter] on your hip and told them you were so grateful for the experience. I was totally baffled.”

I’ve decided I need to make a few changes in my life:

1. I need to be more grateful (even for the times when it feels like I’m falling).

2. I need to get rid of this terrible cold.

Maybe I should just follow what my friend got out of it.  She wrote: “I’ll have to remember this for when something unfortunate happens.  Let me see if I got this right:  Fall with style, cry a little, climb back up, hug a baby.  Got it.”   te he. She makes me giggle.


I’ve been working super hard this week already to finish up a last few assignments. This week one of my biggest assignments for the semester is due.  The Backpack 2-0 site of free online tools for students. I stayed home sick today with a really bad cold and took advantage of resting (lying down, drinking fluids, intermittent sleep, and anyone had those nasty little saline treatments? YUCK!) to add a bunch of content to the site. I hope you’ll check it out because the tools I wrote about today are really useful to a lot more than students. My groupmates will be adding a bunch more tools themselves throughout the week before the project is due. It is starting to look really great:

Remember, if you’re in the Provo area, come check us out as we present with other classmates about the amazing future of education: “Digital Revolution: Upgrading Education for Digital Civilization” at 7:00pm next Thursday, December 9. It’ll be in room 3108 in the Jesse Knight Building on Brigham Young University’s campus.


I started working on a website with some team members from my class. Our goal is to list, describe, and provide links and tutorials to some wicked amazing online tools we’ve learned about this semester in order to share them with YOU! If you have suggestions for online tools you love (we’re aiming for free or ridiculously cheap), post them in the comments below. Check out what we’ve got started here. (Don’t worry, it’ll get a lot prettier as time goes on.)

Backpack 2.0 Site

If you’re near the Provo area, you can also join us as we present with a number of other groups about the current Digital Revolution in education that we learned about this semester. The event is open to the public. We’re calling it “Digital Revolution: Upgrading Education for Digital Civilization.” It goes from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Thursday, December 9 in room 3108 or the Jesse Knight Building on Brigham Young University’s campus. Hope I see you there!


One day I left my cell phone at home by accident. When I arrived at school/work and discovered this, I had a minor panic attack. How would I keep in touch with my husband throughout the day? We meet up on campus frequently. How would we know where to meet, since we often decided where to meet by texting each other? What if my boss needed to contact me to change an assignment?  I type out live transcripts of lectures for students who require the service (by law)  at BYU. There are only six or seven “transcriptionists” on campus and we’re spread pretty thin, so if one of us is absent, the others have to be on alert to fill in the gaps. My job uses texting throughout the day to keep my boss informed of the situation in the classroom. What if a client left early and I had no way to text my boss? What if someone needed help in another class and my boss couldn’t get ahold of me? What if my sister needed a ride? All these thoughts raced through my head within less than a minute.

I realized that my life is pretty dependent upon this tiny red box that fits in the palm of my hand.  And there are many others like me, who panic slightly at the thought of even a day without their connection to everyone. I wonder if Alexander Graham Bell could’ve foreseen how necessary his invention would become to modern life. I’ve been reading about how much the telephone has changed since its invention. To my 15 year-old brother, cell phones seem like they must’ve been around forever and are a necessary part of his existence. But in fact, “the first portable cell phone call” was not made until 1973. Although mobile phones had been used in cars since the mid-1940s, Martin Cooper of Motorola’s cell phone “was the first one invented for truly portable use” (National Academy of Engineering).

I think the connectivity enabled by cell phones is a wonderful thing. I also know that there are many times where etiquette is required for the responsible use of phones. I was talking about this with my mom’s cousin at a baby shower this weekend. Texting while someone is trying to have a conversation in person with you is rude, but it’s amazing how many people don’t know or forget this social rule. I don’t think we should vilify the cell phone for this gap in politeness however. The cell phone is a wonderful tool when used correctly. I literally don’t know what I would do without it.


So, my group and I are trying to think of a catchy title for our Digital Tools for Students site mentioned in a previous post and need your help brainstorming. We’d like it to be short, easy to remember, eye-catching, and convey what the site is. Here’s the ideas we’ve come up with so far:

Digital Networking for Students
Digital Education Resource
Digital Commons
Tools for your Future
Digital Backpack(as a sub title: Breaking Free from the Spiral Bound)

The more cheesy the title sounds, the more likely it is that I am the author. 🙂 What do you think? Any ideas?


A schoolmate of mine reviewed my blog for class. Check out what he said at his blog, Lemon’s Corner.


Last night, Grant and I went on a date that I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Somehow, we missed DisneyNature’s Oceans when it was released in theaters this year and my fascination with the ocean and everything beneath it (discussed previously on this blog) left me feeling like this was an incredible loss. Luckily, the Harold B. Lee Library on campus was showing it free of charge last night as part of their documentary series.

Here is a favorite clip of what is called a blanket octopus. It actually looks like an exotic scarf floating in the water.

Here is a clip (though not from the movie) of one of my favorite creatures we learned about last night: the leafy sea dragon.


He's so cool looking, isn't he?

Commenting on the plethora of silly-looking creatures beneath the ocean’s surface, the narrator said, “Down here, it’s like nature has given everything a try.” Grant and I giggled as I imagined aloud the preexistence, with all of us little kid co-creator-spirits painting haphazzard portraits of ideas for fish and then turning to Heavenly Father and saying, “What about this one?” … POOF! Hence, the cuttlefish.

See what I mean?

There were so many amazing moments in that movie. I would recommend it to anyone. Learning about the ocean makes me feel so small and yet an important part of a great big plan by an incredible Creator. If He can design fish perfectly blended to their environment to keep them safe, He can give me the talents and strength required to meet the challenges I will face.


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